Realizing positive economic, social and environmental impact

We work collaboratively with our members to develop strategic advantage through initiatives that solve challenges for communities and customers through cannabis and hemp products.

Economy: Equitable Market Access

Our approach facilitates fair and equitable market access for smallholder farmers and cooperatives across Europe, Latin America and Southern Africa.

Companies that are committed to measuring and managing their impact with the intention of realizing positive outcomes can achieve differentiation and consumer support. Together, our community explores ways to ensure our products represent the positive global change our businesses drive forward.

Environment

The KanaboStraem Community is an online ecosystem that fosters conservation across our natural environment. Our resources, tools, insights, courses, groups and forums support cannabis and hemp industry stakeholders in realizing:

Organic and regenerative agriculture practices and initiatives

Testing and verification related to chemical residues

Minimized or eliminated use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other agricultural chemicals

Progress according to third-party environmental impact standards, including in accordance with the B Impact Assessment

Society

Members of our community collaborate on initiatives including those that are geared towards gender equality, fair employment and professional development for cannabis and hemp company employees. The resources and conversations hosted by the platform provide insights as to companies and their leaders can:

  •  improve their governance standards
  • realize employee skills development programs
  • and support underserved individuals from the communities their businesses operate within

Sustainable Development

Our membership community platform facilitates direct collaboration for the realization of specific sustainable development goals, targets and indicators.

The KanaboStream Community, as a technological solution, provides a conduit for progress towards three Sustainable Development Goals:

Building resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Large legal Cannabis companies develop new technologies for cultivation, fertilization, processing, and manufacturing. Small-scale cultivators tend to focus on regenerative agricultural methodologies, increases in productivity and sustainability and reduction of their environmental impact. Both are needed in legally regulated settings.

 

Cannabis policies should encourage the diversification of Cannabis farm production, inclusive of products such as clothing, cosmetics, paper, food, beverages, biofuels, animal bedding, building materials, insulation, car moldings, and other consumer and industrial products.

Legally regulated Cannabis cultivation, manufacture, and trade are suitable to village-development and local employment of women and youth. The cultivation of Cannabis to tackle depopulation across remote villages globally is currently implemented, and encourages people to engage in long-term jobs in the rural Cannabis production sector. Such programmes should be encouraged as to foster long-term, sustainable, rural development.

 

Local communities in traditional areas of cultivation would benefit from the potential of Certificates of Origin to promote sustainable tourism, increase job creation, community ownership, and promote while preserving local cultures, knowledge, and products.

 

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Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Cannabis products have proven their ability to efficiently replace synthetic or petroleum-based materials, providing both high performance and environmental benefit.

 

Solutions include:

  • Hempcrete: a mixture of hemp hurd and lime or clay utilized directly for construction or insulation purposes.
  • Industrial oils: Oil pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis plant are ideal to use for manufacturing paints and sealants. The solutions offer superior performance and protection, devoid of volatile organic compounds or hazardous air pollutants, when utilized as wood sealants.
  • Plastic and composites: Biocomposites made with part of Cannabis fibers are being developed for a range of applications: polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester. These solutions can effectively replace petroleum-based clothing fibers and plastic packaging. Biocomposites containing Cannabis fibers are resistant, durable, and cost-effective. The material is already used commercially for products, such as furniture, roofing shingles, or bioplastic for the automotive industry.

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Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

This goal recognizes multi-stakeholder partnerships as important vehicles for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technologies and financial resources to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, particularly developing countries.

 

Goal 17 further seeks to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

 

The transition of crops from illegal to legal settings, diversification of Cannabis plant derived products, reuse of waste, etc. will create additional financial resources, including increases in legal exports of Cannabis-related products for the least developed countries.

 

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Reference: Riboulet-Zemouli K, Anderfuhren-Biget S, Díaz Velásquez M and Krawitz M (2019), “Cannabis & Sustainable Development: Paving the way for the next decade in Cannabis and hemp policies.” FAAAT think & do tank, Vienna, March 2019. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. Available at: https://faaat.net/publications/9791097087340

Beyond these initial goals, our Groups, Forums, Resources and Courses facilitate the realization of the SGDs through business-based solutions across the cannabis and hemp industry.

Regenerative Agriculture Initiatives

In alignment with our core values, we are developing a number of innovative regenerative agriculture initiatives across Europe, Africa and LATAM with a particular emphasis on supporting multiple sustainability verticals, including: 

  • circular fabrics
  • sustainable packaging
  • hemp-based building materials such as hempcrete 

Circular economic initiatives are driving forward the application of industrial hemp for consumer products in partnership with corporations, think-tanks, local governments and regulators, along with investors, foundations, and development finance agencies.

Our team is dedicated to leading the global cannabis and hemp industry towards the realization of a circular, impact-driven economy.

We look forward to you joining us in our journey of meaningful growth and the scaling of our global cannabis and hemp trading ecosystem for sustainable financial, social and environmental benefit in alignment with a new, regenerative economy.